For nearly 75 years, the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra has offered high-quality musical programs to the Takoma Park and Silver Spring, MD communities with the support of accomplished amateur musicians. The MSO offers four local concerts each season, all free of charge. Our concert programs draw from a diverse repertoire, enriching both audiences and our musicians alike.
Black Lives Matter
As we make music, we also build community. Today, our community joins in mourning for George Floyd and too many other brothers and sisters who suffer unfairly from systemic racism. Their lives matter. Black lives matter.
It is because we love our country that we emphatically reassert what really makes it great: our collective aspiration for liberty and justice. But we have fallen far short. The legacies of slavery and violence rooted in racism did not disappear in 1865 or 1965 – or 2020.
The struggle continues, in ways that scream out for action. In the past, the MSO has welcomed diverse members, performed works by African-American composers and encouraged young minority musicians. We will learn to do more to engage actively in that essential struggle.
As an orchestra, we assemble for melody and harmony. But far from exempting us from racial strife, this moment calls especially to us – as citizens and artists – to give voice to the long march for equity. We will listen hard and work to answer that call.
2020 Youth Concerto Competition
Congratulations to the three winners of the 2020 Youth Concerto Competition!
- Nicole Fang playing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B minor, I. Allegro
- Ivy Laing playing Jacques Ibert’s Concerto for Flute and Piano, I. Allegro
- Micheal Wang playing Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie on Clarinet
Also an honorable mention for Hyungjoo Han playing Ibert’s Flute Concerto, III. Allegro Scherzando!
Since launching the youth concerto competition in 2016, the MSO has showcased ten winning soloists, providing an opportunity for musicians in middle and high school to perform with us at our annual concert. Because this year’s concert has been canceled, the MSO plans to feature our winning soloists throughout the 2020-2021 season.
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